Securing America’s Future
With the introduction of the Securing America’s Future Act, Congress has an historic opportunity to fix our broken immigration system, and I will continue to work with lawmakers in the House and Senate to see these important reforms become reality.Securing America’s future is no easy task. However, it is clear that one thing the United States must do is address the serious problems within our immigration system. The Securing America’s Future Act, which I introduced along with House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul and Representatives Raúl Labrador and Martha McSally, bolsters enforcement of existing immigration law, makes important reforms to our legal immigration programs, secures the border, and provides a legislative solution for the current beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The bill strengthens the security of our southern border by authorizing funding for the construction of a border wall and requiring the use of a biometric Entry-Exit system at all ports of entry. The bill also calls for an additional 5,000 Border Patrol agents and 5,000 Customs and Border Protection officers. In addition, the bill provides new interior enforcement measures to help remove criminal immigrants and keep gang members out of the country. It cracks down on sanctuary cities, increases criminal penalties for deported criminals who illegally return, and makes the E-verify program mandatory to help ensure that employers hire only legal workers.
The Securing America’s Future Act reforms our legal immigration programs by increasing the number of green cards available for skilled workers and creating a new, workable agricultural guestworker program for America’s farmers and ranchers. It also eliminates the visa lottery program, which awards green cards by random lottery, based on absolutely no merit, to people with no ties to the Unites States. Additionally, the bill ends chain migration, the process by which citizens and green-card holders can sponsor extended family members to come to the United States. This process would be preserved for spouses and children who are minors.
Last year, President Trump asked Congress to address the DACA program, which was created unconstitutionally through executive action under the Obama Administration. The Securing America’s Future Act takes important action to provide DACA recipients a reasonable, long-term legislative solution by allowing beneficiaries to receive a 3-year renewable legal status, while ensuring that gang members, individuals who have criminal convictions, or convictions in juvenile court for serious crimes are not eligible for legal status. It also ensures that DACA recipients don’t get a special path to citizenship.
A few days ago, I joined President Trump and a bipartisan group of senators and representatives at the White House to discuss immigration reform. The President indicated that this plan is the starting point to correct the flaws in our immigration system. Immigration is an important part of America’s past, and it will remain an essential piece of our future. As a result, we must have an immigration system that works for America and respects the rule of law. With the introduction of the Securing America’s Future Act, Congress has an historic opportunity to fix our broken immigration system, and I will continue to work with lawmakers in the House and Senate to see these important reforms become reality.